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Report - Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Wards - Aldershot - February 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by The_Raw, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. The_Raw

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    I'd been wanting to visit this place for ages, I went with sentinel and juicerail who was particularly keen as he was actually born in there. With it being within such close proximity of military bases etc there is a lot of security, gurkhas and dog handlers patrol the grounds 24 hours a day. Nevertheless we began our explore with some ninja skills and quickly we were inside, big thanks to ASOM, Camera Shy & monk who were all kind enough to help us on our way. We had a good three hours or so in the maternity building which not only has the bleeding doors but the bleeding everything pretty much, bleeding walls, cartoon characters, sinks, you name it. It's quite a creepy place and to think that babies were once delivered in there seems quite bizarre looking at the state of it now, I still can't get over the fact juicerail was born in there!

    On leaving the maternity ward we were unfortunately spotted by a gurkha who quickly called for backup and waved at us a lot. He looked friendly enough so we decided to turn ourselves in rather than run which was appreciated and we were treated amicably by the gurkhas and the fuzz when they arrived. Shame we didn't make it inside the main hospital building but we were all pretty chuffed with what we did manage to see so it was a successful operation.

    The History:
    The Cambridge Military Hospital (CMH) was the fifth military hospital built in Aldershot. It was opened on 18th July in 1879 and named after Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge who was the commander-in-chief of the army at the time. It was built on a hill because the thinking at the time was that the wind would sweep away any infection and clean the air. The section which we explored was built in 1897 and named The Louise Margaret Hospital after Princess Louise Margaret, whose husband (the Duke of Connaught) was the GOC of Aldershot Command at the time. It was the largest family hospital ever to be erected by the military sevice to begin with, initially caring for the wives and children of servicemen until 1958 when it became a maternity hospital. During the First World War Cambridge Military Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front and also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire. After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for frontline duties, and also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls.

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    Few more shots here Cambridge Military Hospital - a set on Flickr

    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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